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2DS Holiday Buyer Guide

Christmas is coming

With Christmas just over one month away, a lot of people have started working on completing their shopping list. Christmas is a time of year where a lot of people receive their first console. With so many options to choose from, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. I am going to offer my opinion, on what I feel is your best bang for your buck. I give you the Nintendo 2DS family of handheld consoles. The Nintendo 2DS family is the least expensive gaming option, with a large library of diverse games.

Nintendo 2DS Wedge

Nintendo offers two different versions of the 2DS, the wedge model for $79.99. This option comes packed with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. In my opinion, this model of the 2DS would be perfect for a younger audience, from about five to ten years old. The wedged style handheld can really take a beating, without worrying about the damaging the system.

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Nintendo 2DS XL

The second option for the Nintendo 2DS is the 2DS XL. This version is a clamshell design and is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. The Nintendo 2DS XL comes in at a price point of $149.99 and comes in one of two bundles with either Mario Kart 7 or New Super Mario Bros 2. I would suggest that this model would be better for a preteen aged gamer.

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3DS games that are a great starting point

Now that you have picked out what version of the 2DS you will be buying, allow me to make a few suggestions on some great games for you to enjoy on your new system.

The Nintendo 2DS has a huge gaming library to choose from. Not only will you be able to play 3DS game on your 2DS, but you will also be able to play DS games on your 2DS as well.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon $38.99 each

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One of the staple franchises for the Nintendo handheld family of consoles is the Pokemon franchise. This game is fun for all ages and that’s why this game is a must-have.

A Link Between Worlds $19.79

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A game that almost everyone can enjoy is the great story of a Link Between Worlds. This game is the sequel to the Super Nintendo classic A Link to the Past. This Zelda game would be a great entry point to a newcomer of the series.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf $19.99

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Animal Crossing is a village builder type of game where you are the mayor of the new city. You interact with the different animals who live in your town, and complete a variety of tasks to help them enjoy living in your town. This game is very simple to pick up and play, but very hard to put down.

Luigi’s Mansion $39.99 and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon $19.89

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The greatest sidekick of all time has a problem with ghosts. The Luigi’s Mansion series of games are fantastic games of exploration and funny boss fights and fun puzzles.

Metroid: Samus Returns $38.99

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Everyone’s favorite space bounty hunter Samus makes her way to the 2DS, in a remake of the classic Gameboy version of Metroid 2. Lots of exploration and medium to hard platforming fun for everyone.

Minecraft $29.99

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Lastly, everyone’s guilty pleasure Minecraft. There is nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already about Minecraft, but it looks right at home on the 2DS XL. Minecraft is only available on the 2DS XL.

I really hope this helps you this holiday season when shopping the gamer on your Christmas list.

 

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Pokemon Let’s Go: First Hands-On Impressions

Over the past week, Tony and Sheldon had the chance to try out the new Pokemon game; Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee.

Sheldon’s Take

I got to try out Let’s Go Pikachu and it was an amazing experience. First off getting to talk to the Nintendo reps was awesome, and checking out the Nintendo kiosk was really cool. On to the game.

I got to play the game with the new Pokeball controller. The controller fits well in your hand and is comfortable to use. The controller has two buttons and the control stick. One of the buttons is the control stick, the other is on the top of the Pokeball. They have simplified the gameplay in a smart way as to bring in more players especially those who have been playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones. The encounters are no longer random as you can see all the pokemon in the environment around you, which I appreciate, especially when searching for a certain pokemon. Also, encounters are set up in the same way as they work in Pokemon Go, you don’t battle the Pokemon down, but instead, use berries to increase your chance of catching them. 

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Pokeball Plus Controller

The motion control works very well, and it’s much easier to aim then on smartphones. Out of all my throws, I managed two excellent throws and three great throws. The battles are very familiar and work the way they have in past games. You still encounter people to battle with and receive items and money when you defeat your opponent. One feature that has changed is the exp share. Instead of receiving it along the story, you now start with it. You can still turn it off and on as you please though. Overall I’m excited to dig into this game and can’t wait to see what else Nintendo has in store for us in the new Pokemon game.

Tony’s Take

My experience with the demo of Pokemon Lets Go probably differed from Sheldon’s quite a bit. See I don’t have as much knowledge going in as to what a Pokemon game should feel like. I don’t know the ins and outs like some other gamers do. The only core game in the series I have ever played was Pokemon Yellow when it was released a few years ago on the 3DS and of course, I have dabbled in Pokemon GO (along with everyone else in the world) on mobile.

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The first thing that jumped out at me was the visuals. The game environments and characters were very bright and vibrant. Much more so than the trailers let on. It really looks like a cartoon. This is the first time seeing the full world of Pokemon in HD and it looks good.

The demo was very limited as to where we could go, basically allowing us to walk through the first grassy area of Kanto. You’ll now see Pokemon before entering encounters with them, it won’t be random anymore. Which I do appreciate. it was still difficult at times to avoid some encounters with pokemon in congested areas despite being able to see them ahead of time. Some of those little pocket monsters are quick I tell ya’.

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Shake It!

During the demo, we had the opportunity to try out the Pokeball Plus and I have to say this is where I was really impressed. First of all the device is much smaller than it looks in videos. But it does feel comfortable in the hands. The motion control for catching Pokemon seems much more refined than in Pokemon Go. It seemed to register the motion properly 95% of the time. I will have to test it thoroughly in a controlled environment. There is a technique to it but it shouldn’t be difficult to master.

Overall I was very delighted with the quality of the game. It will be the perfect entry point for many people including this veteran gamer and his 5-year-old daughter. My one concern is because of the simplicity of the game with it keep my attention for more than a short time. We won’t have to wait long to find out though because Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu release Nov 16, 2018, on the Nintendo Switch.

**Thanks to everyone at the Nintendo kiosk in West Edmonton Mall!**

Video Kid: 80s Edition Nintendo Switch Review

Throwback Thursday, Every day!

Do you remember the days of VHS ?? How about pop culture references from the 80s? Pixel Trip Studios do too and they’re bringing all that sweet sweet nostalgia straight to the Nintendo Switch with their game Video Kid: 80s edition. Ever wonder what a world populated by Big Bird, Pee Wee Herman, the Terminator, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be like? Well, Video Kid has you covered plus you’re going to see tons more of your favorite characters. You can even buy new characters in the in-game store with the currency you collect in each run. It’s a throwback Thursday in every run.

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Radical Special Delivery

The gameplay loop is a simple but addictive one. You ride down the street on your bicycle and throw videotapes into people’s mailboxes. (Perhaps this would have been how Netflix worked if it was around in the 80s. 🤔) All while collecting coins, hoverboards and avoiding obstacles like vehicles and 80s pop culture characters. Oh, and you look like Marty Mcfly. Heavy! Sound a bit like PaperBoy for the NES? Well, it should because Video kid is clearly heavily inspired by it but still has its own charm.

Simple and Addicting, Heavy!

Like I mentioned above the gameplay is surprisingly addictive. Each run goes fairly quickly and it keeps you wanting to best your high score. Whenever you throw a tape you can hit a window, mailbox or characters to earn points. Each part of the environment acts differently depending on what is hit. The pop culture characters even throw in the famous catchphrases or familiar noises when passed by or hit. Jumping and grinding on vehicles can be incredibly satisfying and pop cultural items like the power glove, high top kicks, and cola act as power-ups for a limited time.

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A Few Missed Deliveries

A couple of things that I have issue with is some vehicles you can jump and some just end your run with a death that feels like you’ve been a bit cheated. I’m not sure if that because some are just obstacles to end your run or if this is something going on with the hitbox detection in the game. Also, I really wish Video Kid: 80s Edition had online leaderboards,  it’s the type of game you could really get competitive with a friend with seeing who can best whom.

The Bottom Line

Video Kid: 80s Edition on the Nintendo Switch satisfies that arcady itch for high scores. It’s pick up and play game style works so well on the Switch. It really surprised me with its nostalgic charm and 80s pop culture references make this so much more than just a PaperBoy clone and at $ 4.99 USD it makes it a perfect impulse buy.

 

PLAY OR PASS??

PLAY

 

 

-Tony

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** This game was provided to us by Pixel Trip Studios for review. Images provided from press kit **